merit system

merit system
System used by federal and state governments for hiring and promoting governmental employees to civil service positions on the basis of competence.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


merit system
System used by federal and state governments for hiring and promoting governmental employees to civil service positions on the basis of competence.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • merit system — ☆ merit system n. a system of hiring and promoting people to civil service positions on the basis of merit as determined by competitive examinations …   English World dictionary

  • Merit system — The merit system is the process of promoting and hiring government employees based on their ability to perform a job, rather than on their political connections. It is the opposite of the spoils system. History The earliest example of a merit… …   Wikipedia

  • merit system — noun the system of employing and promoting civil servants on the basis of ability • Ant: ↑spoils system • Hypernyms: ↑system, ↑system of rules * * * noun : the system of appointing employees to office in the civil service and of promoting them… …   Useful english dictionary

  • merit system — System used by federal and state governments for hiring and promoting governmental employees to civil service positions on basis of competence. See also civil service Merit Systems Protection Board …   Black's law dictionary

  • merit system — System used by federal and state governments for hiring and promoting governmental employees to civil service positions on basis of competence. See also civil service Merit Systems Protection Board …   Black's law dictionary

  • merit system — The system in the Civil Service whereby appointments and promotions are made according to the merit and fitness rather than by way of political favor. 15 Am J2d Civ S § 20 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • merit system — noun Date: 1879 a system by which appointments and promotions in the civil service are based on competence rather than political favoritism …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • merit system — a system or policy whereby people are promoted or rewarded on the basis of ability and achievement rather than because of seniority, quotas, patronage, or the like. [1895 1900] * * * …   Universalium

  • merit system — mer′it sys tem n. gov the system or practice in which persons are hired or promoted on the basis of ability rather than patronage …   From formal English to slang

  • merit system — method for promoting employees based on their achievements …   English contemporary dictionary

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